By ROGER M. BALANZA
IT IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD for those seeking to stop ex-senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from running for President in the 2022 elections.
This, even as a division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked a petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
After the poll body’s 2nd Division dismissed the petition on Monday, January 17, the petitioners can still appeal to question the ruling to the Comelec en banc, and even up to the Supreme Court.
If Bongbong’s COC is canceled on appeal and affirmed with finality, he will not only be disqualified from running — he cannot also be substituted.
The petitioners asked to cancel the COC of Bongbong in November last year, claiming that he committed false material representation when he stated in his COC that he is eligible to run for President despite his earlier conviction for not filing income tax returns from 1982 to 1985.
Bongbong may have gained initial points in the 2nd Division favorable ruling, but he is still facing numerous other charges ,against his presidential bid.
The petition to cancel Bongbong’s COC is only one of three petitions against him before the Comelec.
The two other cases involving petitions for disqualification are yet to be decided by the poll body.
Earlier, a petition to declare the former senator as a nuisance candidate was also dismissed by the Comelec.